Animation movie directed by Ichirô Itano
Thousands of years ago, the peace on the planet of Konats was disturbed by a group of black magicians, who cast a spell on a statue and brought it to life to terrorize the universe. The monster, Hildegarn, destroyed the planet before it was subdued by … see full wiki
I suddenly realized I had yet to review this movie so here I am, pretty much finishing off all my Dragon Ball Z reviews (save maybe a volume or two. Ah well, Im DBZd out).
In case youre not familiar with DBZ, you should go click the first link at the bottom to get acquainted. You could watch the movie on its own, but you dont get an intro to all the characters (after all, this is the 13th DBZ movie, so they assume viewers are established by now). Ive been there and done that, and I recommend seeing some of the series first, it makes things much easier.
Its a normal day for everyone, Gohan out saving the day with Videl like good superheroes should. Then they come across an old (obviously alien, but no one asks questions in this series) man, who tells them of a hero named Tapion. However, Tapion is trapped inside some kind of magic box. He requests Gohan open it and free Tapion. Awed by all the hero talk, Gohan agrees...but fails. So of course he gets everyone else involved. But even Goku cant open the box! So what do they do? Get the dragonballs and wish it open! Except theres a small problem. Once Tapion is freed, hes ticked and would like to take out the old man. Whats more, a monster appears and starts thrashing the town. Whats the real deal? Is Tapion a real hero? Where did the monster come from? What does the old man really want? In the end, itll be up to Goku and the others to save the day (as usual).
If youve ever seen any DBZ movie, youll know how this all ends. Haha. This movie has no real spot in the regular DBZ timeline. Sure, youll see how Trunks gets his sword, but its still in a really awkward spot. I dont think anyone has been able to figure it out. Its a romping good time though, complete with all of Gokus little tribe as well as Vegeta. His part is pretty short, but as usual he makes quite a bang and shows up with flare. Love that guy. Theres no Piccolo (sorry Piccolo fans!), but at least Tapion is pretty cool looking. Im not sure why Trunks is so awed by Tapion (Wow, a real hero! Um, dude, who do you think Goku or your dad is??), but oh well. Fun times with a giant monster and four Saiyans.
Voices are the same as they have been for quite some time, both in Japanese and English. You can listen to whichever suits your fancy. I dont mind either one, though I do have to say, I really dont like Trunkss Japanese voice. It annoys me. A lot. It just doesnt work. But Tapions voice made up for that so hey, what else can I do? Otherwise, everything is fine and dandy.
Animation is exactly what youd expect since this is from the DBZ era. Nothing more, nothing less. Its good, detailed stuff, but slightly dated. The music in the Japanese version is dated as well, as opposed to the English update. Again, it depends on your preference. Sometimes the English stuff is so different I just kind of giggle. I do like the music for Tapions music box and the notes he has to play on his little ocarina to deal with the monster.
All in all, its what youd expect from a DBZ movie. They dont slack off because its the last movie, which is nice. Its a unique plot, for sure, and you even get Tapions back-story, which is an interesting one. Not a bad way to finish off the long string of movies.
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